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Small group offers support

Wednesday, 11th March, 2015

Twins Kyra (5) and Ella Petersen, with their mum Amanda, are celebrating Multiple Birth Awareness Week with an afternoon at the park on Friday. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Twins Kyra (5) and Ella Petersen, with their mum Amanda, are celebrating Multiple Birth Awareness Week with an afternoon at the park on Friday. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

This week, is Multiple Birth Awareness Week and locals are holding a get together to provide support.

Multiple Birth Awareness Week, which runs until March 15, aims to raise awareness of the important work done by the Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) and local clubs around Australia are supporting families and the community.

One local mum, Amanda Petersen, who has two boys and twin girls, said the local group was small.

“It can be a bit hit and miss, especially when trying to catch up,” she said.

“All the kids are growing up and some are going to school - like my daughters.”

She said it is nice to have somewhere to turn to.

“At times my girls have been the eldest, but it is nice to talk about having twins - not everyone gets it,” Amanda said.

“I heard there are a lot of twins in Broken Hill.

Amanda said she had the problem of deciding whether or not to put her girls in the same kindergarten class.

“We didn’t know any older twins, so we couldn’t ask.

“We’ve kept them in the same class but we will see how they go as they get older.”

Amanda said she loves every second of being a parent to multiples.

“It was definitely a shock, but my girls were beautiful in the first 12 months, they slept really well.

“I put them in the same cot and I think that helped.

“It is experiences like that, that we share on our Facebook page.”

The group is meeting at Sturt Park this Friday at 4pm, and anyone with twins, triplets or more can attend.

“Anyone can come along for some more information,” she said.

Head to the Facebook group “Broken Hill and Region Parents of Multiples” or www.amba.org.au for more information.

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